In collaboration with several other academic units at UW-Milwaukee, SOIS offers students the opportunity to obtain two Master’s degrees concurrently—one in Library and Information Science (MLIS) and one in a subject area.
- The number of degree credits needed for each of the coordinated programs is usually 12 fewer than the sum of the two programs if they were not taken simultaneously. All degree requirements of each component must be satisfied.
- The MLIS portion of the coordinated degrees can be completed online.
- Prerequisite to the award of either degree in this program is the simultaneous award of its counterpart degree.
The Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) component of each of the coordinated programs includes 30 credits of SOIS courses. These include the MLIS core courses (12 credits). The remaining 18 MLIS credits are selected from the School’s offerings in accordance with the student’s goals in the coordinated degree program.
MLIS/MS Health Care Informatics
The MLIS/MS Health Care Informatics Coordinated Degree Program is designed to provide students with theoretical and practical exposure to the evolving field of healthcare informatics as practiced in hospitals, clinics, professional offices, corporations, the government, the insurance industry, and higher education.
Students are admitted to both graduate programs separately and admission requirements are consistent with those specified by the UWM Graduate School, the Department of Healthcare Informatics, and the MLIS program of the School of Information Studies.
Credit and Courses
Students accepted into this MS/MLIS program complete the following courses:
|HCA 700||Introduction to Health Care Informatics||3|
|BUS ADM 740||Information Technology Management Concepts and Languages||3|
|or BUS ADM 813||Social Media Analytics for Business|
|BUS ADM 747||Service-Oriented Analysis and Design||3|
|or HCA 541||Healthcare Information Systems Analysis and Design|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Data and Information Management|
|Introduction to Database Systems|
|Data Base Organization and File Structure|
|Healthcare Database Design and Management|
|BUS ADM 748||Managing Information Technology Projects||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Web Mining and Analytics|
|Enterprise Knowledge & Semantic Management|
|Computational Models of Decision Making|
|Text Retrieval and Its Applications in Biomedicine (pending)|
|COMPSCI 520||Computer Networks||3|
|HCA 721||Health Information Technology Procurement||3|
|HCA 723||Health Care Systems Applications - Administrative and Clinical||3|
|HCA 890||Health Care Informatics Research and Thesis||3|
|or HCA 891||Health Care Informatics Professional Project|
Library and Information Science
|INFOST 501||Foundations of Library and Information Science||3|
|INFOST 511||Organization of Information||3|
|INFOST 571||Information Access and Retrieval||3|
|INFOST 799||Research Methods in Information Studies (Culminating experience for the degree)||3|
|Select at least four of the following:||12-15|
|Introduction to Reference Services and Resources|
|Topics in Library and Information Science:|
|Information Sources and Services in the Health Sciences|
|Select 3 credits||3|
Students also must pass a comprehensive examination, or submit and successfully defend a thesis. The thesis option requires additional credits.
- Minimum Credits for MS: 29
- Minimum MLIS Credits: 27
- Minimum Total Credits for the Program: 56
The credits for the coordinated program would typically be completed in both programs at the same time, rather than one program after the other. A student not completing the requirements for the coordinated degree program would need to complete all requirements for an individual program in order to receive a degree.
You must refer to the catalog pages of both individual master's programs to ensure that you meet all requirements for both degrees.
Students in the coordinated MS/MLIS degree program must complete all degree requirements within seven years of the first enrollment semester as a degree student.